The Just Beginnings Collaborative knows that ending child sexual abuse is comprised of countless incremental successes that originate with survivor-led initiatives. Cultural humility and respectful curiosity underlie our model, which looks to people who face social oppression daily and are creating new narratives for themselves and others right now. Three pillars comprise the foundation of our support:
Centering survivors acknowledges that those closest to the issue are also closest to interrupting, preventing, and solving it. Taking a strengths-based approach, we look to Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), queer and trans folks, those with disabilities, and other survivors who are transforming trauma in and among communities for whom transformation—and supra-institutional solutions—have been necessities.
Non-hierarchical connections between survivors, systems, and allies are the necessary conditions for penetrating the deepest origins of harm. Our way of understanding implies a world of connections between child sexual abuse and other issues. We also know that novel, collective, community-based responses to harm can lead the way toward ending child sexual abuse. Among these responses are:
- Turns toward community for restorative healing solutions, relationship-building, and sustainable models for CSA and harm prevention
- Efforts to sidestep binaries of good/evil, survivor/perpetrator, institutions/organizers
- Challenges to oppression that focus on children as the nexus for ending cycles of violence
- Other forms as yet unknown
For further context, read more about our past grantees.
As a hub for connection and acceleration, JBC’s central function is supporting widespread, incremental changes in conceptualizing and addressing child sexual abuse. For our donors, this means co-creating a collaborative that asks how the philanthropic world can examine its own stories about funding CSA, remains open to alternatives exemplified by grantees, and envisions an end to child sexual abuse.
Storytelling is vital to all human experience. But certain stories about child sexual abuse feel inescapable. JBC pushes against prevailing narratives to proliferate new directions. We are moving the conversation horizontally across intersections of identities, communities, and institutions to weave new meanings about cycles of violence. In doing so we are also moving upstream toward prevention of child sexual abuse and its many rippling aftereffects.